Source: Catholic News Service
Small but poignant drama about an inner-city public school history teacher (Ryan Gosling) whose classroom idealism hides his private, self-destructive spiral into drug addiction, until he's caught in the act by one of his students (Shareeka Epps), a tough girl with a troubled home life, triggering an unlikely friendship that changes them both. Despite its bleak subject matter, director Ryan Fleck's gritty film is ultimately about redemption, connection and transformation, and is buttressed by emotionally honest performances that illuminate flawed humanity and a taut script that avoids cliche, easy answers or oversentimentality. Recurring drug content, a sexual encounter with fleeting partial nudity, and much rough and crude language, as well as some profanity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
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